Once upon a time, an amazing magician(Scot Grassette)mystified and entertained a gaggle of 7 year olds and their parents at my son's birthday party. The "tricks" were really amazing, and left everyone wondering how in the world he pulled them off.
After everyone was gone, and the last of the cake crumbs were swept up, Scot was finished packing up, and was on his way out.
I had to know...
"Okay. Let's have it...how do you do it?"
"You really want to know?" He asked, as he walked toward me.
"Yes?" Did I? I started to get a little freaked out.
He came right up close(by the way, Scot is a dear friend of ours)and said, You REEEEEAALLLY want to know?"
"yes." I whispered. And waited for his answer.
"It's magic." he whispered back as he pulled a coin right the heck out of my ear.
I'll never forget that moment, that son-of-a-gun magician, and I think about it from time to time, when life gets so crazy, I wonder if there must be some sort of magic in order to pull off the millions of things we do in a day.
Like how I somehow "transport" myself around the house, well before 6am, get the little monsters fed, dressed, de-snotted, brushed, wiped-down, signed off, lunches wrapped and bagged and out the door. Then do the same for myself, somehow manage to apply eyeliner AND earrings(well, sometimes)AND shoes(except for once, I actually forgot shoes and didn't realize it until I was halfway to work)and still make it to work on time.
It must be magic.
We all do it...we all at some point in the week wonder, "how am I going to fit it all in?"
Not necessarily in that order.
But it always gets done.
My mom has it. My grandmother must have it...and now I think I must have it.
I have the ability to see and hear things that go on in my house that no-one else EVER hears...I hear the lightest of coughing in the middle of the night...the faintest of footsteps when one of them needs a drink of water...when Tyler is sneaking in the kitchen looking for hidden snacks, I can hear, almost bionically, his every move. No matter where I am in the house.
"How did you know I was in hee-yah?" He asked yesterday.
"Mama Magic, Tyler."
I can sense things, too..
"How did you know I always wanted Corn Pops?" He asked today as I was unloading groceries.
"Guess." I said, as I tried to hide the Oreos.
"Magic?" He asked.
"Yup. Mama Magic. Mamas always know."
"KIIIIKIIIIII...Mom has magic powers!!!" He went running and singing and yelling to his sister.
When I spy them teasing each other in the back seat, using my "special forces" rear-view mirror, I tell them its because of my magic powers that I can see them.
They totally buy it.
How else do we seamlessly pull of holidays? Not only do we manage to fulfil the hopes and dreams of talking doll-houses and impossible to find "Pokemon" games, but that darned Santa gets it wrapped and rolled under the tree every fricken year, and with minutes to spare! The Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, Leprechauns...all the result of what has to be "Mama Magic."
I wish I had the idea for this little rant a couple of weeks ago, around Mother's Day. But that particular day I was busy cleaning Mackenzie's carpet after she "frowed up" and trying to get Tyler to stay still for ten seconds so he would stop coughing. I wish my powers could magically clean yuckiness.
Today I had to be at work, at school, at a baseball game, grocery store and home for dinner, laundry, homework, and more work. Did I make it?
Mackenzie, after one of her many "weepy" moments asked me how I always can make her tears go away so fast...
"It's Mama Magic." I told her.
"You're magic?" She sniffled.
"Yup. I have Mama Magic."
She just stared at me for a minute, and I waited for her to say something epic...
"I THOUGHT there was something about you that was weird."
So the next time someone wonders aloud at you, asking, "how do you do it all?"
You can tell them the truth, like the immortal words of Scot Grassette,
Thanks For Reading.